Press

 

 " ... the afternoon belonged to Melissa Wimbish, who was creating the role of Josephine Baker in this world premiere of “Josephine.” Beautifully prepared, vocally stunning, and theatrically riveting, Wimbish effortlessly held the audience in her hand throughout this one-woman show." The Washington Post

"The wonderful cast includes ... the soprano Melissa Wimbish in a show-stealing turn as the hormonal pageboy Cherubino." The New York Times

“Melissa Wimbish revealed a promising soprano as Barbarina.” Opera News

“In addition to her cheery, stylish singing, the soprano Melissa Wimbish produced authentically grating tantrums in the title role: I mean this as high praise.” The New York Times       

“The winsome Melissa Wimbish is simply incredible as the wayward heroine Cunegonde. Her grand aria ‘Glitter and Be Gay’ is doubtless the highlight of the entire evening.” Boulder Daily Camera          

“The production also introduced Melissa Wimbish, Lyric Opera’s Peabody Young Artists of the Year (the company plans to showcase a singer from the conservatory each season). As Barbarina, the soprano revealed a bright voice and a knack for animating phrases.” The Baltimore Sun

“Following Mister Stenger’s wonderful performance was Melissa Wimbish, a truly fine soprano with an amazingly dark quality to her voice. She performed the song Chanson perpétuelle, by the French composer, Ernst Chausson… The dark quality of Melissa Wimbish’s voice lends itself very nicely to the text of this song, which involves a young woman who has been abandoned by her lover, and is now contemplating suicide. Wimbish also has outstanding vocal support and a wonderful vocal mechanism. She has the ability to infuse what she sings with the raw emotion of the song. And she, like Gene Stenger, has incredible diction, and her French pronunciation was absolutely perfect. Her phrasing, which was quite emotional (and yes, phrasing can create much emotion) and her pitch were absolutely gorgeous. Quite frankly, I could not believe my ears. There are so many young singers today who want to display their voice, rather than their musicianship. Stenger and Wimbish have good voices, but they also felt the artistic necessity to be good musicians as well.” Opus Colorado

“I was especially impressed with soprano Melissa Wimbish, who sang “Ah, non credea mirati” from “La Sonnambula” with considerable assurance…By the time this session was over, Wimbish was cranking out the bel canto with extra “bel.” A master class, indeed.” The Baltimore Sun

“A particularly effective musical section was the hat trio performed by Lisa Perry, Melissa Wimbish, and Elizabeth Kerstein. Perry and Wimbish both with respectively sterling and tender soprano voices remarked that the trio took a lot of focused effort to pull off the intricate rhythms and ensemble work. Yet, the payoff was substantial.” Opera Pulse